Should you drop your deadlift?
Well it “depends”.
There are times when dropping the deadlift is ok and actually beneficial.
Watch this video where I explain some of the benefits of dropping the deadlift.
Unless you are competing on a powerlifting platform where the rules state you can’t drop the lift, sometimes it’s actually beneficial to drop the deadlift.
Here are a few examples of when I have my clients drop deadlifts.
1. If someone has a previous lower back injury and we have progressed them to the point where they can deadlift safely, sometimes the lowering of the deadlift can be harder on the lower back. So it’s fine to drop the deadlift.
2. If someone is knew to deadlifit and they find the lowering difficult or painful I will have them drop the deadlift. Then when their form and technique is good enough we can reverse the deadlift from the top down.
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Big night of lots of heavy deadlifts at my gym @heavyweightstrainingcenter . Rebecca @rebecca061 pulling 425 lbs in a squat suit. She drops it from the top for a reason. Dropping the bar is much easier on the lower back. #Deadlifts, #WomenWhoDeadlift, #GirlsThatLift, #girlsthatpowerlift , #strongwomen
3. The deadlift is a concentric based exercise. It does not start with a lowering the same way a squat or bench press does. For the most part the lowering (eccentric portion) of the lift causes muscle soreness. If I have a client that wants to recover faster and not get as sore dropping the deadlift also can be beneficial.
Before you drop your deadlift also be sure that you gym allows it .
Rob King is a Competitive PowerLifter, Coach and Writer.